7 Best Apps To Learn Chinese For FREE in 2021/2022

There’s a mobile app for just about everything, so it’s not surprising that there are so many for learning Chinese. They are an awesome addition to your learning toolbox, along with Chinese TV shows, movies and Chinese songs.

If you’re ready to learn Chinese fast, check out these popular Chinese language apps that you can download for free and use anywhere.

Top Mobile Apps To Help You Learn Chinese For Free

Most Chinese learning apps are powered by Spaced Repetition System (SRS). This is an algorithm that intelligently schedules Chinese characters to be reviewed at the most efficient time possible: just before you forget them.

Studies say SRS increases memory retention which makes learning a foreign language faster.  Now that you know what SRS is, check out the best apps to learn Chinese for free!

1. Lingbe (iOS/Android)

Using Lingbe, you can call other Chinese learners (totally free) or native Chinese speakers (pay only US$5 for 1 hour of conversation) to practice your Chinese. Lingbe is fast, low cost and anonymous. 

2. Anki (iOS/PC)

Anki is an app that uses SRS. You can download pre-made flashcards or make your own. You can then grade how well you know the card: “Hard”, “Good” or “Easy”. But the best thing about Anki is it’s open-source and easy to customize. Rich, CEO of China Admissions personally uses Lingbe.

3. Duolingo (iOS/Android)

Duolingo helps you learn Chinese through interactive games and bite-sized lessons. For beginners, you start with lessons such as greetings, number, names etc. Advanced learners need to take a placement test.

4. Memrise (iOS/Android

Memrise is a flashcard app that helps you memorize Chinese characters by using mnemonics and SRS. You will choose your own course and study it, after which, Memrise quizzes you on them using fun games where you get badges and virtual rewards.

5. Skritter (iOS/Android

Like Anki and Memrise, Skritter uses SRS but what’s unique about this app is it has a smooth on-screen handwriting feature that you can use to actively recall how to write Chinese characters wherever you are.

6. Hello Chinese (iOS/Android

Hello Chinese features mini lessons delivered through fun games. You can use their handwriting tool to practice writing characters. If you would like to speak conversational Chinese fast, this app has many listening exercises and a speech recognition tool to help with your pronunciation.

7. ChineseSkill (iOS/Android

ChineseSkill is the only app that follows a curriculum designed by veteran Chinese teachers from Peking University, the best university in China. This app features automatic speech assessment, character handwriting and pinyin tone animation.

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More Tips To Learn Chinese!

Aside from downloading mobile apps, one of the best ways to learn Chinese is to enroll in an online Chinese Language course.

You can choose from one-on-one or group online classes at Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU), Dalian Neusoft University of Information (DNUI), Tianjin International Chinese College (TICC) and more. Check out more programs here.

Content crafter at China Admissions with nine years of professional writing experience. Fil-Chinese who honors my heritage every day. On a fascinating journey exploring China and tracing my ancestry. See China through my lens.
Christine Chiu
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